Do your own fundraising

Whether you are trying to reach a fundraising target or you would like to put on your own fundraising event, we have plenty of ideas for you:


Planning your own event

Whether you want to hold a sponsored walk or a glamorous ball, read our tips for holding your own fundraising event before you start.


Set yourself targets

Set a fundraising target for yourself or each member of your team if applicable – it's easier to fundraise when you are trying to reach a goal


1. Don't go it alone

Gather a group of friends or colleagues from Argentina or even from your home country who can form the basis of an organising committee. Develop a team of fundraisers to help you. Distribute sponsorship forms to your family, friends and colleagues to take with them wherever they go. Just remember to write your name, address and telephone on the back so that the forms will get back to you.



Don’t just tell people you are doing a sponsored event — make sure you ask them for their support! Be sure to tell them how they can donate. If you are working, check to see if your company offers a matched sponsorship program. It's a great way to double your money.  You can present a project plan to your University or classmates back home. 


Be prepared to chase your sponsors

We all have the best of intentions but with our busy lives we can often forget. A gentle reminder email or phone call is all you need to get great fundraising results.


2. Decide what you want to do

Decide what would appeal most to the people you and the committee know. If your friends are out in the hills every weekend, maybe a sponsored climb would be more appealing than an expensive black-tie benefit. But if they're all party animals, a cycle ride might not be the way to go!

Rule No. 1: You should be able to name at least 50% of people who you know will take part in/attend the event before you start. Remember, advertising does not sell tickets and even a great idea does not sell tickets - only people sell tickets.


3. Set a budget and goals

Draw up a budget and goals for the event, including gross and net income, number of tickets to be sold, number of raffle prizes to be obtained, etc. Think how much you wish to raise for your project; ideally your costs should not be more than 50% of what you raise. Think about how you will deal with deposits and up front costs if you will not receive revenue until later - perhaps you could have an 'early-bird' ticket price to encourage people to buy early, or perhaps you need a sponsor.


Decide how many people you aim to attend (remember rule no. 1) and how much you can sell tickets for (or how much you'll expect them to raise). Are there other ways you can raise income, e.g. by adding a raffle or auction, or by asking companies or friends to provide cash sponsorship? Then list all the expenses you can think of: rental of a location, invitation/ticket printing, food and drink (including corkage), insurance, flowers, entertainment/music, transport, etc.


4. Contact Us

Contact the team here. We will give you fundraising materials such as posters, sponsorship letters.


5. Draw up a plan of action

Draw up a plan of action with action items, a deadline for each action, and a person assigned to each action.


Action                                                                                          By date     Responsibility 

1. Book venue and entertainment                                              Date         Name Here     


2. Approach five restaurants for vouchers for raffle               Date         Name Here     

3. Organise design and printing of invites                                 Date         Name Here     

4. Send press release to local paper/radio station                 Date         Name Here     


6. Anticipate the worst

Think about what could go wrong and always have a contingency plan.

  • Outdoors events - Is your event outdoors? What if it rains? Check the weather to see if you need to bring umbrellas or suncream!

  • Health and safety - don't forget to take fire hazards, first aid and the environment into account. Organise stewards to direct people in case of emergency and have 107 on standby for sporting events.


7. During the event

Will you need volunteers from the committee to take tickets, sell raffle tickets, make a speech etc? Will you need people to help clean up?


8. After the event

How are you going to look after the money you raise and get it to project? (Cheque or bank draft, safe/cash box, bank account?)

Don't forget to thank everyone who helped. A phone call is nice, a personal note even better.


9. Legalities

For legal advice to the legal please contact Us



Fundraising with your university and classmates

Send the activities and picture of your project and set a sponsoring/donation plan. 


Organising your Give & Bake

It couldn’t be easier. Invite friends over or gather your colleagues at work. Ask everyone to bring along their favourite cakes and pop the kettle on. Donations on the day will support the work of project.


Host a Super Supper and raise funds

Having friends over for a meal is the perfect way to spend an evening. And now you can enjoy a really warm feeling — knowing your meal is making a difference to the lives of disabled people or children.


We hope that these tips help and we wish you the very best of luck with your fundraising! 


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